A day after Kyiv reported Russia was losing steam in its assault on Bakhmut, it has launched a barrage of attacks along the Ukraine frontline.
Russia attacks after reports of Bakhmut slowdown
Russian forces are attacking northern and southern stretches of the front in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, pressing on with their offensive despite assertions from Kyiv that Moscow’s assault was flagging near the city of Bakhmut.
Ukrainian military reports described heavy fighting in the northern sector along a stretch of front running from Lyman to Kupiansk on Friday, as well as in the south at Avdiivka on the outskirts of the Russian-held city of Donetsk.
Both are parts of the front that have been major Russian targets in a winter offensive campaign to fully capture Ukraine’s industrialised Donbas region. The Russian offensive has so far yielded scant gains despite thousands of troops killed on both sides in the bloodiest fighting of the war.
At a Ukrainian artillery position in lush pine forests behind the northern stretch of the front, troops fired 155 mm rounds from a French TRF-1 howitzer towards a highway used as a supply road for the Russian-held stronghold of Kreminna.